If there's been one constant when it comes to Windows 10 1903 (May 2019 Update) over the past few months, it's been Microsoft's inability to tackle lingering problems with the Start menu. The company has issued a number of cumulative updates for the operating system that have broken the Start menu, fixed it, then broken it again.
The last cumulative update, KB4517389, once again bungled the Start menu causing problems for numerous users. Thankfully, Microsoft has issued its third cumulative update so far this month for Windows 10 1903, and hopefully this is the silver bullet to squash any remaining Start menu ailments.
There's a whole laundry list of fixed with the new KB4522355 updates, and tucked in the list of improvements and fixes is the revelation that it "Addresses an issue that causes the Start menu, the Cortana Search bar, Tray icons, or Microsoft Edge to stop responding in certain scenarios after installing a monthly update."
This is the problem that most affected users, but Microsoft also squashed another Start menu concern, writing that KB4522355 corrects a problem that "Causes Windows Search to close unexpectedly when a Group Policy applies sub-groups to the Start menu layout."
While there are a slew of issues that have been resolved with KB4522355, these are the ones that Microsoft is highlighting:
- Updates an issue that prevents Microsoft Narrator from working in certain touch mode scenarios.
- Updates an issue that starts assistive technology (AT) (such as Microsoft Narrator, Magnifier, or NVDA) after signing in when you've configured it to start before signing in.
- Updates an issue that causes Magnifier to stop working in certain scenarios, and you have to restart it manually.
- Updates an issue that causes Microsoft Narrator to stop working in the middle of a session in certain scenarios.
- Updates an issue that might prevent a scroll bar from being selected.
- Updates an issue that allows a device to go to Sleep (S3) even if you configure the device to never sleep.
- Updates an issue that prevents you from shrinking a window in some cases.
- Updates an issue that prevents you from connecting to a virtual private network (VPN).
- Updates an issue that causes screen flickering or is slow to display the screen when you show application thumbnails on a monitor that has high dots per inch (DPI).
- Updates an issue that causes the tile for the Photos app to appear larger than expected in the Start menu under certain conditions.
- Updates an issue that causes the system to stop responding at the sign-in screen.
- Updates an issue that might cause a black screen to appear the first time you sign in after installing a feature or quality update.
- Updates an issue that causes the Start menu, the Cortana Search bar, Tray icons, or Microsoft Edge to stop responding in certain scenarios after installing a monthly update.
Microsoft has already completed work on the follow-up to Windows 10 1903, and it's called Windows 10 1909, or the November 2019 Update. This next major update has already been deployed via the Windows Insider Release Preview ring, and is more of a maintenance release than one that brings a lot of new functionality. Hopefully, Microsoft will have much better luck with this release than it had with the May 2019 Update and the October 2018 Update.